On their debut imaginary album, The Harvey Girls weave sweetly delicate melodies into hauntingly evocative soundscapes, creating a seamless fusion of pop and sonic experimentation that is both as lovely and foreboding -- in a word, sublime -- as the sight of a watery, lemon-tea sun being swallowed by an ominous black thundercloud.
Or, as a friend of mine and instant admirer of theirs put it: "Sounds like they probably shouldn't need anyone's help finding a real label. How did you get mixed up with them?"
Comment: The Harvey Girls` 9-notch outing can be considered a classic indie pop album where jangly guitar-based templates are mixed up with synthesised effects and with some electronic music around it. However, recent understanding of indie music is already changed because the synthesisers have conquered the scene and mostly the result used to be quite cold and making no difference. There is no naivety, there is no belief for better future. Frequently all is changed into a repellent electronic gross. Do you like such combos as Kasabian, and 1975? I do not like them. Do you like Primal Scream in the year of 2016 and 2017? I do not like it. However, Primal Scream`s Vanishing Point (1997, Creation) is one of the best albums throughout the time. The album starts off with Green Light, the first chords of it remind of Pulp`s Do You Remember The First Time. I like if guitars and synths are balanced on a release or the artists trying to avoid lame synthesised sounds (for instance, The Smiths` album Queen Is Dead, and Strangeways Here We Come, and Blur`s Blur, and Mercury Rev`s Light In You, and Animal Collective`s first five albums, and Sufjan Steven`s albums are great ones with regard to it). The point of mine is also related to the belief that sonic effect based approach cannot replace solid songwriting. The Harvey Girls succeeds doing it. The album embraces catchy melodies and experiments due to song structures and sounds. It is filled with hirsute noises and gentle jingle-jangling sounds, with expressive and restrained moods. Furthermore, I could not resist singing in unison by female and male voices. All is craftily balanced on the album being released under Imaginary Albums.
June 15, 2005 Subject:
Very nice- quirky in some spots, sublime in others. Melissas vocal work on some of the tracks are very good. I wish there was more of her on the album.
The music reminds me of the things I listened to when I was younger which brings back good memories and makes my feet want to move.
Definately worth a listen...
January 26, 2005 Subject:
much better than the artwork suggests.
song # 2 is a hit.
a bit more info would be nice though.